NFC NORTH-LEADING BEARS TAKE ON NFC EAST-LEADING EAGLES ON NBC'S "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bears-Eagles
Dungy and Harrison Preview Bears-Eagles on FNIA Coach's Clicker Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NFL Turning Point Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pro Football Talk Weeknights at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Stamford, Conn. - December 18, 2013 - Jay Cutler and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (8-6) travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Nick Foles and the NFC East-leading Eagles (8-6) on NBC's Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Bears control the NFC North and their division title chances. With a win against the Eagles on Sunday, and losses by both the Lions and Packers, Chicago will clinch their division. The Bears could also win the NFC North with a win over the Eagles on Sunday, and a victory against the Packers on December 29.
The Eagles are in control of the NFC East and can also wrap up their division on Sunday night. With a win against the Bears and a loss by the Cowboys, Philadelphia will clinch the NFC East. The Eagles can also win the NFC East with a victory on Sunday night, and a win against the Cowboys on December 29. The Eagles have the NFL's top rushing offense and rank second in the league in total offense. In addition, QB Nick Foles has the NFL's best passer rating (117.0), and RB LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards (1,343).
Calling Bears-Eagles is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC's coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years. In addition, NBC's Sunday Night Football on air and production team have a combined 40 Emmy Awards.
Football Night In America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pa. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC's famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Alex Flanagan will report from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, on the Patriots-Ravens game.
"This game is going to be about defense. Which one of these defenses is finally going to be able to stand up and make plays? Chicago has not been good about the run all year. The Eagles have LeSean McCoy, who can put up yards like mad if you are not tackling well." - Tony Dungy
"The one advantage the Chicago Bears have is their big physical receivers. Cutler can just drop back, throw the ball up there and let those 6'4" and 6'5" guys go up and get the ball. I know Eagles QB Nick Foles has struggled, but I don't really worry about him. He's a quality quarterback, but I do worry about the Eagles defense." - Rodney Harrison
Click here to watch a video of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison previewing Bears-Eagles: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/snf-week-16-preview-eagles-vs-bears
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC's broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.
In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.
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NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH'S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN
NBCSN's NFL coverage breaks down the Packers' stunning comeback in Dallas, analyzes how Ryan Tannehill outdueled Tom Brady, and previews a pivotal Sunday Night Football showdown between the Bears and Eagles, with new episodes tonight of FNIA Coach's Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.
FNIA Coach's Clicker, hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, looks ahead to the weekend's most compelling matchups, starting in Philadelphia, where the Eagles and Bears will aim to potentially clinch division titles on Sunday Night Football.
Dungy and Harrison will dissect how QB Nick Foles and RB LeSean McCoy have flourished in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and examine how the Philadelphia defense will attempt to stop the Bears' offensive weapons, including RB Matt Forte and WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In addition, Scott Pioli of Football Night In America and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk will discuss the Bears QB situation, deciphering how Chicago should proceed heading into the offseason.
FNIA Coach's Clicker will preview this week's Patriots-Ravens game, revisiting their matchup from the 2013 AFC Championship Game, and highlighting how Brady and QB Joe Flacco have performed in late-game situations. The episode will also break down a key NFC South contest between the Saints and Panthers, focusing on QB Drew Brees' success against Carolina in Week 13, and how the New Orleans defense will defend QB Cam Newton.
NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America's Dan Patrick, looks back at a wild Week 15, highlighted by last-minute victories by the Packers and Dolphins that kept both teams' playoff hopes alive.
NFL Turning Point reviews Cowboys-Packers, and examines a tale of two halves for both teams, as Green Bay erased a 26-3 halftime deficit en route to a 37-36 win. The program reviews how QB Tony Romo had success in the first half against the Packers defense, but faltered in the game's final two drives, throwing two interceptions to set up Green Bay's go-ahead score and seal their victory.
The program will also break down last Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game, in which Tannehill outdueled Brady, focusing on the battle between the two quarterbacks after the teams were tied, 10-10, headed into the fourth quarter. Turning Point analyzes how Brady led the Patriots down the field on a touchdown drive, only to be matched by Tannehill's pass to WR Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 left in the game. Miami's final drive was kept alive by Tannehill's fourth-down conversion to TE Charles Clay, his only reception of the game.
This week's program will also feature audio from Cam Newton from the Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Jets last Sunday.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE
This season, NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football than ever before. New additions to NBC Sports Group's SNF coverage include Sunday Night Football-All Access and The Sunday Night Football, as well as continued comprehensive coverage via NBC Sports Group's social media channels. Click here for full details of NBC Sports Group's SNF digital and social coverage.
NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING
In addition to NFL Turning Point and FNIA Coach's Clicker, NBC Sports Group boasts a wide array of NFL programming each week that will highlight topical NFL news, provide in-depth coverage of each week's biggest games, and deliver expert analysis of the fantasy football world.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK - WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Pro Football Talk, NBCSN's daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Scott Pioli.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE - TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Building off of Yahoo! Sports' popular Sunday live streaming show, Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports. Hosted by NBC Sports' Erik Kuselias, Fantasy Football Live features a mix of Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, and Rotoworld fantasy experts, including NBC Sports' Shaun King, and Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans and Brandon Funston. Yahoo! Sports' Melanie Collins will host the digital show. Rotoworld's Kay Adams will be a regular contributor for the show across both platforms. A subsequent, digital-only version of Fantasy Football Live is available from 7-7:30 p.m. ET through video-on-demand across web and mobile devices on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com. Click here for more information on Fantasy Football Live.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2013 NFL season with daily coverage on 339 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2013 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. households.
NBC's NFL games are averaging 21.6 million viewers per telecast - up 3% from last year - to rank as the #1 primetime show on TV, based on Live+Same Day viewing.
2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA
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